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Automobile coat made out of raccoon fur (1906, U.S.)

Raccoon coats were a fad in the United States during the 1920s, particularly with (male) college students in the middle and later years of the decade. They are full-length fur coats. They became popular due to the stories of Davy Crockett and popular artist James Van Der Zee.[1] George Olsen and His Music released a recording highlighting the fad in 1928, titled "Doin' the Raccoon", with the lyrics:

From every college campus comes the cheer: oy-yoy!
The season for the raccoon coat is here, my boy!
Rough guys, tough guys, men of dignity,
Join the raccoon coat fraternity, soon,
To do the raccoon!

A few months after Olsen's recording hit the air, the November 16, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post featured an Alan Foster illustration of several college men wearing raccoon coats.[2] The raccoon coat (many times accompanied with a straw boater, wingtip spectator oxfords, and either a saxophone or a ukelele) has been referenced numerous times in movies and television, both as a symbol of the Jazz Age and as a cliché motif of collegiate enthusiasm 1920 raccoon coats were very popular.

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Entertainment Weekly (blog)

Entertainment Weekly (blog)
Fri, 05 Jun 2015 07:03:45 -0700

Evie tried not to dwell on that fact as she grabbed her new raccoon coat and gray wool cloche from the coat-​check girl and headed out front, where a small but enthusiastic crowd waited in the January drizzle. When Evie opened the door, they surged ...


Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:21:20 -0700

Serving as a historic cache of the era, viewers will watch as contestants win and lose prizes for the first time on the Let's Make A Deal stage, including a “luxurious” raccoon coat, a 1963 Pontiac Tempest convertible, a toaster oven worth a whopping ...

Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington Herald Leader
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 15:41:15 -0700

Bilas is a vigorous critic of the NCAA concept of amateurism and the idea of a raccoon-coat wearing student-athlete. "I don't like the idea of these — quote-unquote — student-athletes, they need to be protected ... ," Bilas said. "No reasonable ...

Palm Beach Post (blog)

Palm Beach Post (blog)
Fri, 05 Jun 2015 05:12:26 -0700

As the Palm Beach Post have reported, coyotes have been roaming parts of western Boca Raton, attacking dogs and putting neighbors on high alert, which is appropriate when there are coyotes roaming your neighborhood attacking dogs. Here at the Pop ...
The Delaware County Daily Times
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 22:03:45 -0700

It is the passing from the American scene — like the running board, the raccoon coat and the five-cent beer — of the water bucket. In years past, the water bucket was practically an institution, as much a part of the game as adhesive tape, rubbing ...

Albany Times Union

Albany Times Union
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:03:45 -0700

He also found a receipt for a raccoon coat once stored in the basement cold storage, and a 1948 seventh-grade report card for Arthur Aronson from Thomas Knickerbacker Junior High School in Lansingburgh. A lambskin fur coat borrowed from The Antiques ...

Stillwater Current

Stillwater Current
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:41:15 -0700

His full-length raccoon coat, saddle shoes, flamboyant spectacles, fedora, and ever-present mastering of a few words in the English language. But as is so often said, his bark was worse than his bite. Those who learned the answers to those questions ...

Entertainment Weekly (blog)

Entertainment Weekly (blog)
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:11:15 -0700

Geraldine Page, walking into a restaurant in a long raccoon coat, her breasts visible as she greeted Mulgrew. Richard Burton, in the book's tastiest chapter, offering the inexperienced Mulgrew advice: “This business will kill you…. It's no place for a ...

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